Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Steampunk Journal Volume two, The Aquarium!

If you love Steampunkery, as I do, you should check out I Brake for Stamps because they have a great selection of Steampunk stamps!

I have so many Steampunk inspired stamps and dies that I decided to create Steampunk Journals! I've already created Volume one, The Aviary, which houses Steampunk bird journal pages. My latest Steampunk Journal will focus on all things aquatic!

I've used Steampunk Siren's CallSteampunk Baby Sea Turtle, and Steampunk Seahorse rubber stamps that are available at I Brake for Stamps.

Here's the front cover.

Here's the Inside Front Cover

Here's the Back Cover with a view of the Spine.

Outside of journal

Inside of journal

I've used Steampunk Siren's CallSteampunk Baby Sea Turtleand Steampunk Seahorse were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a black marker.

They were put aside while I prepared the journal for them. I used a Worn Cover (Idea-ology) as  the base for my journal. It was coated with Media Black Gesso (DecoArt) on the outside and the inside. It was then sponged with Media Fluid Acrylic paints (DecoArt). When the paint was dry, all sides were coated with a layer of Media Multi Medium (DecoArt) to seal it.

I tried to sponge green ink through a stencil, but it disappeared into the striated blue background, so white ink was sponged through the stencil, then immediately sponged again with green ink. This layer was heat set.

A variety of sea greenery dies were used to die-cut two colors of green cardstock. These were adhered to the bottom of the front and back covers. Media Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) was used to add the sand over the greenery at the base of the covers. 

Silver-painted cardstock was die-cut with a gear corner die, a gear border die, a ton of gears, some pipes, and some nailheads. My trusty rusty paint mixture was used to add a nice touch of corrosion to the gears.

Silver cardstock was used to die-cut the title, subtitle, sharks, small turtles, sea horsess, a jellyfish, starfish, shells, and sand dollars. They were also rusted. 

Everything was assembled and I called it done! Yahoo! If you have any questions about the creation of this project, please feel free to contact me and I'll try to clarify.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! Best of all, if you buy something, you can get a 10% discount off of your purchase if you use this code: SAVE10KATHI!


  1. I love this amazing piece of art! You can really see how much work you've put into it and it's definitely time well spent. I really like the combination of stamps and die cuts that you've used and it's just perfect for this month's challenge. Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Sandra X

  2. This is just a FABULOUS journal cover - inside and outside - Kat. My favorite is the back cover - not sure why - maybe the turtle!!! But each one is just wonderfully done. Thanks bunches for joining us in our DecoArt Media Under the Sea challenge. joi


  3. I agree with Joi - your journal is FABULOUS!! It's beautiful. The colors are amazing and what a great journal to have.

    We are so happy you joined us this month at Mixed Media World.

    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad
    DT Mixed Media World

  4. Wow! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing at FSC!

  5. Beautiful journal - love the steampunk mermaid, thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC...Esther xx

  6. Fabulous journal cover, Kathi! Love steampunk. Thanks for joining us in the DecoArt Media Under the Sea Challenge.

  7. Loving your journal,thank you so much for joining us for the DecoArt Media Under the sea Challenge. Tracy xoxox

  8. LOVE this! Such a beautiful aquatic steampunk journal and such a great idea on using your loads of steampunk stamps!!!
    Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x